New toy: Panasonic Gh4
I recently added a Panasonic GH4 to the kit bag which includes a Canon C100 and various Zeiss and Canon lenses.
I had been looking for a good small camera to compliment the C100 and the Gh4 caught my eye with its amazing specs which include 4k and 1080 96fps slomo and of course a good price. The Canon C100 is an amazing camera with so many great qualities, but it lacked something I use a lot in my work – proper slomo. It’s also quite heavy when used on my Glidecam HD-4000 so a light camera is a breath of fresh air.
To be honest the C100 has kind of taken a back seat on the last few shoots as the Swiss Army knife characteristics of the Gh4 have come in useful – 4k, good dynamic range, CineD and of course variable frame rates up to 96fps. I’ve overcome the Gh4’s lack of built in NDs by using a Tiffen VariND screw on filter, however, interview duties are still performed by the C100 with its built in sound. It’s been nice using a light little camera in all situations from tripod use, jib use to Glidecam use.
One downside of the GH4 is the lack of support for Canon EF lenses, and in particular an EF to M43 Speedbooster. Most importantly I can’t control aperture and less importantly there’s no autofocus. The image can also get quite noisy at higher ISOs compared to the C100 and 96fps footage is a little soft but very useable.
It’s early days with the GH4 but so far this little camera is impressing me with its features and image quality.